Name Change

Your eyes are not deceiving you. This blog is getting a revamp! I've been thinking about changing the name of this for a while, as SoberontheRocks was meant to be a platform to talk mainly about  sobriety along with some other interesting things added in there. I still have a plan that I want to execute revolving around that, but for now, this will be called "All Too Blue".  Soberontherocks will come back one of these days in a new form. 

Check back often as this blog is about to be updated on a timely basis. Cat and I are packing up our world and about to move to Honolulu for 3 months. Yeah.... I can't believe it either! How do you even pack for 3 months? Cat is flying out in a couple of days and I will be meeting her there in a couple of weeks. I'd like to take you along for our journey as this is quite the adventure for us. So far, I'm having to mentally talk myself down from crying about going 3 months without Lola, my foam roller, guitar and vitmaix blender (Lola will be the hardest, obviously)  BUT, like everything in life, I'll adjust. I just hope my fingers don't forget how to play the guitar in that time. 

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July 2014: a recap

I realize that I'm really behind on blogging. The summer just zipped it's way right on by, and I didn't even get a tan! (note* i never get a tan)  I thought that I would do a little recap of some of the things that happened this summer, starting with July. 

Camping on Lake Sonoma on the 4th of July.

We had to rent a boat to get to our campsite, which was an 8 mile boat ride. Aside from some loud camp neighbors who blasted Britney Spears trance remixes and called us "pussies" when we refused their invitation to play flip cup, we had a great time. (note* i actually don't know what flip cup is, but I'm assuming its a drinking game with cups) It was Michael's first time EVER camping. This was not glamping, this was hard core. We had to lug in all our water, and if you were brave and desperate, you would use the outhouse. OUTHOUSE. OH man, that was the WORST. It would bring real burning tears to your eyes. 

What a great way to spend the day

What a great way to spend the day

Taking a dip

Taking a dip

Lola did great with her new lifejacket. 

Lola did great with her new lifejacket. 

This was SO much fun. Love this gang. 

This was SO much fun. Love this gang. 

Michael made a video from the weekend, set to Beyonce. Enjoy. 

Hmmmm, what happened next? Oh yeah, I got Married! 

Cat and I were married in the beautiful San Francisco city hall. We wanted small, simple and sweet, and that's what we got.  I'm so happy i got to marry my best friend, my partner, my confidante. Our wedding was really a last minute "lets do this!" thing. I now know and understand how the wedding industry is such a huge business, it's a lot of work! Even a small intimate thing was a lot of work. Here are just a few photos. 

with some of our besties

with some of our besties

Big hearts

Big hearts

There's a video from our day. At first I was nervous making this public, but love is meant to be shared. Most of the footage was taken by Michael (who likes to document as much as I do), as well as Tamara. So grateful to have this memory. 

Tahoe

Next up was Tahoe. We wanted to spend our wedding weekend with some of our dearest friends. Cat's friend Dana flew in from New Jersey, and it was also our last full weekend with Jen and Tamara before they moved to the midwest, so we wanted to have some memories. Cat found us a beautiful cabin where we indeed made memories. There ended up being a crazy thunderstorm that left all of Tahoe without power from afternoon until night. We entertained ourselves by playing games, laughing and cooking our dinner (tater tot nachos) on the grill. 

the calm before the storm

the calm before the storm

Tahoe always takes my breath away

Tahoe always takes my breath away

Everyone freaked out about the sunset and so I had to take a pic of it

Everyone freaked out about the sunset and so I had to take a pic of it

cotton candy skies

cotton candy skies

I actually didn't take too many photos, as I was trying to conserve battery power after the power outage. With that said, you better believe there is a video to accompany this trip. It's a fun little take on the weekend

Goodbye

Lastly, we had to say goodbye to our best friends as they leave to make their way to a new home in Illinois. Jen and I have been best friends for over 13 years, and have lived either together or within a few miles of each other that entire time. I feel like so many people were worried about how we would handle saying goodbye. I heard from plenty of friends and family about their concern for us when it came time to do so. We have been very attached, but also very supportive of whatever the other one needs to set out and do.  Our friendship has grown into something new these past few years. Saying goodbye was very hard, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I want Jen to follow her dreams and if that means we have to be 2000 miles away, so be it.  She's my very best friend and the miles between us wont matter. Thank the good lord for video chat, text, email, and all other forms of communication that we are lucky enough to have in this day and age. 

don't let the smiles fool you, we were sobbing.

don't let the smiles fool you, we were sobbing.


when tears become laughter

when tears become laughter

Well, there you have it. July was busy, full of all kinds of emotions, and quite the whirlwind to come down from. What a month!  

The 90's meet 2014 with music

Since ending my band almost 6 months ago, I have been to zero shows. I haven't really felt like seeing any music (I know that sounds bad, but it's true). The month of June we saw 3 shows, all of which left me feeling really inspired and really happy to have been able to see such amazing musicians and performers. All were people that I listened to in the 90's and are still around rocking today. 

Our friend Michael was in town playing with Heather Reid. She was in a band in the 90's called The Murmurs (which I loved) and Michael was in Letters to Cleo (which I also loved). The music and lyrics were beautiful and I left the show feeling really happy that I got myself out of the house to go watch and listen. 

Next was Veruca Salt. This was not only one of my very favorite bands growing up, but also Nina Gordon and Louise Post were 2 women who heavily inspired me to pick up the guitar. I had never seen them with the original lineup. Jen and I had been so excited about this show, we talked about it non stop the week leading up to it. Jenni was a bigger fan than me back in the day, and had seen them a few times (And also crowd surfed at a show in 95). I was in a band with Jen for 13 years and never in my life had I seen her so excited at a show as I did when watching Veruca Salt. I think I can safely say that Jen, Tamara and myself all missed being in a band while watching this show. In fact, I believe Tamara went out and bought herself a new beautiful drum kit to be delivered in their new state and home. 

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Next was Robyn. Man oh man. Cat and I were so excited for this show. We are HUGE Robyn fans. We saw her two nights after Veruca Salt, and I was ready to shift from Rock n Roll to some dance. We got there when the doors opened and made our way to the very front and sat on the ground. You know, the way girls do when waiting to see Justin Bieber. I still can't believe we were in the front row of  possibly the best show I've ever seen. The crowd was so loud, the loudest crowd i've ever heard at a concert. Robyn was amazing, and every time she would walk to the side of the stage that we were standing I would scream and try to reach my hand out to touch her. I don't know what happened to me. I became a 35 year old super fan girl. It was kind of amazing. 

I took this as the confetti gun went off

I took this as the confetti gun went off

see what i mean? Makes you want to sing along and dance, right?! 

June was so fun! I'm so happy that Cat and I went to 3 awesome shows and got to cheer and dance and break my 6 month dry streak of having no interest in music. Phew! It was really empowering to see all these women, aged 35 and up, putting on such great shows and selling out places. I'm so sick of turning on the radio and hearing about "these hoes ain't loyal" and "I know you want it". Ugh! Make it stop! Come on girls, plug in your guitars or lace up your dancing shoes, I want to hear more ladies on the radio. There are 3 musicians above to help inspire you. 

* vidoes posted were from the shows, but not taken by me. Found on youtube*